The Philadelphia Union again missed their chance to secure their first place in the East by suffering a bitter 4-0 loss against Charlotte FC.
Daniel Rios shined with a solid four-goal performance. Rios opened the scoring in the 24th minute to allow his side to take the lead.
Rios came on again in the 54th minute to double Charlotte’s lead.
Kai Wagner then came to cost the match to his team by receiving a red card. Rios took the opportunity to complete his hat trick on a penalty. Rios ended his dream day with a goal in stoppage time. Before the game, the Mexican had only two goals on the clock.
With a victory in its last game of the season against Toronto FC, the Union secures first place in the Eastern Conference. Their lead is two points over CF Montreal.
Elsewhere in MLS
Toronto 0 – Miami 1
TOR: three yellow cards and three shots on target for TFC
MIA: Gonzalo Higuain made the difference with a big goal in the 86th minute
New England 2 – Atlanta 1
NA: Gustavo Bou scored the winning goal in the 85th minute
ATL: Josef Martinez finds the back of the net for the ninth time this season
Colorado 1 – Dallas 0
COL: Diego Rubio scored his 15th goal of the campaign
DAL: only two shots on target for Dallas
Cincinnati 2 – Chicago 3
CIN: Trailing 3-0, Cincinnati almost managed to come back with two goals in the last 12 minutes of play
CHI: two goals for John Duran
Columbus 2 – Red Bulls 1
CLB: Derrick Etienne scored his two goals
NY: Frankie Amaya was the only scorer for New Yorkers
Vancouver 2 – Austin 0
VAN: Victory keeps Vancouver hopes alive as they move within two points of Minnesota and 7th in the West
ATX: Austin has only won one in its last six games (1-4-1).
San Jose 2 – Minnesota 0
SJ: San Jose leaves the slums of the West by overtaking Houston.
MIN: This defeat opens the door to Vancouver and Salt Lake City which are in 8th and 9th place.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – Salt Lake City 1
LA: The Galaxy qualify for the playoffs with this point
RSL: Salt Lake City edge within one point of Minnesota and seventh place